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For the seventh consecutive year, Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has taken part in a 1000km bike ride to raise money for Belgian cancer charity Kom op tegen Kanker (KOTK). From May 25-28 2017, three teams from Axalta cycled 250km on each of the four days, with all of the routes ending in Mechelen, Belgium, where Axalta’s Belgian office and production site is located. Axalta’s participation reflects the company’s strong commitment to its corporate social responsibility initiatives.

With approximately 13,000 employees, Axalta serve more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries.

Axalta employees from Belgium raised a total of 15,000 Euros for KOTK through a range of fundraising activities including selling flowers and home-made goods such as Easter eggs and pancakes. The charity will use the proceeds on clinical research to achieve higher survivability and better quality of life for cancer patients.

Luc van den Hemel, Plant Manager at Axalta in Mechelen, said: “Our cyclists should be proud not only of their physical achievement but also of the money raised for such a worthwhile cause. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts for this outstanding charity.”

The more than 800 teams that took part in the KOTK 1,000km bike ride in 2017 raised a total of 4,085,000 Euros.


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3M, the science-based technology company is building on the success of Wrap Films 1380 and 1080 from 3M and adding a host of dynamic new colours to both ranges, further increasing the design possibilities for installers of vehicle wraps.

Launched last year, Wrap Film Series 1380 from 3M helps improve productivity by offering excellent conformability that allows application on the most difficult recessed areas without the need for cutting.

3M is now adding 11 new colours to the current Wrap Film 1380 range, including Gloss Navy Metallic Blue, Gloss Sapphire Green Metallic and Matte Black Metallic – new colours that are precisely on-trend with consumers.  Brand new standard colours are also available, such as Gloss Lucid Yellow for emergency fleet applications and Gloss Flame Red for fire department cars.

In addition, 3M has developed 10 brand new colours to join its popular, ever-evolving Wrap Film Series 1080 family. The collection of new shades will usher in a new wave of innovative wraps by refreshing a shop’s repertoire with eye-catching finishes in reds, purples, holographic hues and more.

These dynamic additions to Wrap Film Series 1080 from 3M are now available in gloss, satin and colour-flip finishes, including Satin Thundercloud, Satin Vampire Red, Satin Caramel Luster, Gloss Lipstick Red, Gloss Black Cherry, Gloss Wicked and Gloss Plum Explosion. The trio of new colour-flip options – Gloss Flip Deep Space, Satin Flip Volcanic Flare and Gloss Flip Psychedelic – invoke cosmic depth and prismatic gleams, perfect for adding a unique and individual touch to any project. Seven of the colours are available now, and the remaining three (Lipstick Red, Black Cherry and Plum Explosion) will be launched in the summer.

“At 3M, we are committed to developing diverse, high quality films that not only inspire graphics installers, but appeal to their customers as well,” said Christian Stoehr, Portfolio Manager West Europe, 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “We’re especially excited to launch three additional colour-flip films after the positive response the original trio received. These films add versatility and a unique aesthetic to any shop’s inventory, and we’re thrilled to see them in action.”

This expansion of the 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 line brings its colour total to 98. Made in 1.52m wide rolls so installers can easily cover vehicle sections without seams, Wrap Film Series 1380 and Wrap Film Series 1080 are backed by the 3M brand MCS brand Warranty, providing installers confidence that the films will last and live up to their guarantees.


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The dedicated YouTube Channel for Henkel is now live and is regularly being updated with application videos, best practice, webinars and success stories all instantly available in a few key strokes at: 

As a leading innovator, Henkel offers a global range of LOCTITE® adhesives, TEROSON® body repair and protection technologies, and BONDERITE® surface treatment products to meet industry’s toughest bonding, sealing and coating needs.

By working in partnership with industry and providing solutions expertise, Henkel helps its customers to make great products; ensuring designs are safer, more reliable, more durable and easier to manufacture. The YouTube channel demonstrates these benefits and also the wide scope of Henkel products in the vehicle, repair and maintenance market.

The channel also highlights products found on the already established Vehicle Repair & Maintenance (VRM) portal:


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